10k runners’ kit includesmusical instruments …

Date: Friday 25th May 2018
Penrith Town Band members Chloe Cooper, Isaac Butterworth, Oli Cubitt and Ian Butterworth
Penrith Town Band members Chloe Cooper, Isaac Butterworth, Oli Cubitt and Ian Butterworth

FOUR members of Penrith Town Band finished Sunday’s Manchester 10k road race — complete with musical instruments.

Ian Butterworth and his son, Isaac, along with Chloe Cooper and Oli Cubitt, were part of a 70-strong band called Brooke’s Barmy Army, who were raising money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Brooke Taylor, who is a member of a brass band in Pemberton, Wigan, has been a patient at the hospital since she was born and last year challenged brass band members to join Brooke’s Barmy Army to raise money by completing the run in a marching band.

Some of Chloe’s friends from a Blackpool-based band took part last year, and she decided she would to it this year — and Ian, Isaac and Oli agreed to join her. Ian and Isaac played euphonium, Chloe baritone horn and Oli bass trombone

“It was very hot, but we enjoyed it,” said Ian. “We played Oasis’ Don’t Look Back in Anger as we went over the finish line. Our time was two hours, 26 minutes, but we weren’t last. A guy who did it on crutches came in after us — he was amazing and we played for him as he finished.”

They were raising money to buy a blood warming device for blood transfusions which will help save many lives.